I have a file I'm setting up to essentially split a background image into three parts which I can apply transformations to independently; I'm doing this by setting up three layer groups, each of which has the same base image but applies a different clipping mask. I expect to want to use this on a number of separate background images which have the same general format, so it would be nice to make the fact that the three background images are the same a specified invariant rather than doing it by hand. Is this possible?

  • Welcome to GDSE. You can paste new images into GIMP and Anchor them to the active layer - this won't affect the layer masks. Further than than, what you are describing as a "specified invariant" sounds like the use of Smart Objects in Photoshop. These aren't available in GIMP unfortunately. However Krita (which is free and Open Source) has something similar called File Layers. You might want to take a look. – Billy Kerr Oct 17 at 12:03
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